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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

while opinions will vary, PLEASE do not deny yourself the pleasures of what I believe is simply the greatest Dead show of all time:

The show reveals the band playing with power, precision, passion, and near perfection. They songs are perfromed at a relaxed pace (check out Phil's picture-perfect loping bass notes that drop into the opening of BERTHA; the gorgeous notes Jerry plays with in the opening of EYES before he takes off into the stratosphere)...

there are few lyrical flubs (I can't think of any off the top) and Jerry simply belts out vocally on tunes like MIGHT AS WELL and BLACK PETER...

The JACK STRAW has the greatest build up to the "witchita" verse i've ever heard...there are longer versions of the tune but none better. The LET IT GROW is often cited as one of the best ever (and I don't even list it among the best songs in THIS show.

The 2nd set is monster of jamming that includes a bluesy AND rocked-out STEPHEN, a killer NFA, a ridiculously mad-cap SUGAR MAGNOLIA that features an impromptu drumming frenzy by Mickey and Billy just before the SSDD.

Nothing in this show, played at an intimate college fieldhouse in Northern Illinois disappoints. It swings, sings, rocks, inspires...lifts the soul.

There's a great RAMBLE ON ROSE as well, so "do yourself a favor" and check out 10/29/77. Play it loud and play it proud!


p.s. As far as attended shows: 3/29/90 w/Branford, 7/18/89 Alpine Valley--all 3 nights amazing, and of course my first show ever: 1/11/79, Nassau Coliseum, the show that put me on the bus for the long haul.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

To me there is G.D. before 73 and gd after. But please remember-that's when I saw the band. I like the early Rolling Stones stuff--Out of Our Heads, Aftermath--through Goat's Head Soup--but most folks who do to see them have no idea what I'm talking about.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 30, 2007 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Question - favorite show and why

So, you will listen to some of the Mick Taylor era, but do away with Ronnie Wood and prefer Brian Jones? I completely understand that approach.

BTW, Brian Jonestown Massacre is one of the best band names ever.